Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Yasiel Puig is arguably the most talented position player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He hits for power, steals bases, makes dazzling catches and jaw-dropping throws. He makes virtually everything he does on the field look so natural and effortless you wouldn’t think of him as a player who spends the lion’s share of his time scouting and hitting the books.

However, we could very well be in the midst of a maturation process for the 24-year-old outfielder. He was spotted reading a book or journal of some sort in the Dodgers dugout during Thursday afternoon’s loss to the San Francisco Giants.

In the spirit of the great David Caruso, I guess you could say Puig has… turned a page in his career.

With his team batting in the top of the 10th inning and the game tied 2-2, Puig was reclined in a leisurely manner but with laser focus on his reading material. Whether he was actually reading a book to help him scout pitchers or whether it was a Spanish-to-Korean pocket dictionary to help him better communicate with friend and teammate Hyun-jin Ryu is unclear.

The Dodgers eventually lost the game and were swept by the Giants, but we can bookmark this moment in our collective memory as the day the All-Star slugger matured into “Yasiel Puig: Student of the Game.”

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